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38                          THE FATE OF MAN

of man disappears. In this regard Heidegger i
most interesting. Being, as worry, fear, prosaic
ness, death, is being revealed in fallen and un
fortunate human existence. But man himself i
lost behind this fear, this care, this death, Worr
turns out to be more significant than the ma:
who worries. Man is constructed out of worries
just as human existence is built up from deatk
The philosophy of Heidegger is a philosophy c
nothing. Nothing is non-existent. This is a;
ontology of nothing as the final mystic secre
of being, a philosophy of despair, absolut
pessimism* This type of philosophy is chat
acteristic of our times. The same motives
although in softened forms, may be seen i,
Jaspers. The melancholy and tragic Kkkegaar<
is now exerting on modern philosophy an influ
ence toward an ontology of nihilism, which i
not found in Kirkegaard himself. Immersio:
in human existence, instead of revealing mar
shows forth his decomposition and decay. Whs
metaphysics there is in Freud is a metaphysic c
death and nothingness- The only instinct highe
than that of sex, and capable of being set ove
against it, is the instinct of death.

But even in modern European religious andthec
logical thought this process of dehumanmtio
is evident, although here it has a different sign
ficance* Karl Barth with his dialectic theolog